Help a Reader Out: Potty Training at Night

Stephanie said…

My daughter is now a little over 3 1/2 and has been potty trained during the day since last summer. We officially did away with the diaper at night this past January. She would then wake often at night crying needing to go potty, and I would take her and she’d go back to sleep. This would happen several times a night. She has only wet the bed 2 times since taking away the diaper. I expected her to wake a lot the first couple of weeks while getting used to not having a diaper, but like I said, that was back in January when we started and it’s now 8 months later and she is still waking several times a night to go potty. There have been some nights in between there where she’s slept all night or only gotten up 1 time (which is such a treat that it’s just as good as all night!). But most of the time it’s anywhere from 2-5 times a night she’s going. And of course I cut her off of liquids at least an hour to an hour and a half before bed, but it doesn’t seem to matter because there have been some nights that she has had something to drink right before bed and I thought for sure she was going to be up a lot and then doesn’t wake up at all! I’m not sure what’s happening first–either she’s not sleeping good and even the slightest feeling of having to pee is causing her to get up and go OR she really does have to go and that’s what’s waking her. I also found out I was pregnant in January and I was nervous about having 2 kids getting up all night, but everyone assured me that this would certainly go away by the time the baby comes. I’m now a little over a week away from having this baby, and it’s not ANY better! And it is incredibly exhausting having to get up that many times a night now with being pregnant. But after the baby comes, once one falls asleep, the other is going to wake up–I’m nervous about how that’s going to leave my sanity! 🙂 So anyway, I was just wondering if you’ve experienced this with your kids at all or have heard of other kids. Everyone I talk to who has kids the same age all say their kid doesn’t ever wake up once they’re asleep. Thanks so much for any help or advice you can give!!!September 8, 2011 10:36 AM

Plowmanators said…

Stephanie, I haven’t experienced that at all. I know some moms take their child to potty right before they go to bed–it is like a “dream pee.”

I would wonder if it is some sort of habit. If she still is waking up and you have a new baby, I would honestly put her in a diaper for nights again. If you are getting up all night long between two children, you are going to be unable to function.

If you would like, I can post this as a “help a reader out’ question to see if there are some good ideas and experience out there.

September 25, 2011 10:37 PM

Stephanie said…

Sure! I’ll take any ideas! Thanks!September 30, 2011 1:49 AM

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